Margaret

First Name
1.3m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
189
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Margaret

"Margaret" is a name of English origin, and it means "Pearl". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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From the name of a legendary third century saint, from Old French Margaret (French Marguerite), from Latin Margarita, from Ancient Greek μαργαρίτης (margarítēs, “pearl”). The same source, through folk etymology, has produced Old English meregrot (“pearl”, literally “stone or pebble of the sea”), related to Old Saxon merigrita, merigriota (“pearl”), Old High German merigrioz, equivalent to mer- +‎ groat.

  1. A female given name.
  2. A river of southwestern Western Australia, presumed named for a cousin of John Garrett Bussell, founder of Busselton.
  3. A river of the Kimberley region of Western Australia, named for its European discoverer's sister-in-law.
  4. (astronomy) A moon of Uranus, named for a character in Much Ado About Nothing. [Discovered 2003]

Margaret was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Norwegian

Notable Persons Named Margaret

Maisie Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maisie was given the name Margaret Constance Williams on April 15th, 1997 in Bristol, England.

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Maggie Q is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 1998. Maggie was given the name Margaret Denise Quigley on May 22nd, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.

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Dame Maggie Smith is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to present. Dame was given the name Margaret Natalie Smith on December 28th, 1934 in Romford, Essex, England.

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Meg Ryan is an actress. She has been prominent since 1981. Meg was given the name Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19th, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

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Margaret was given the name Sarah Margaret Qualley on October 23rd, 1994.

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Margaret Atwood is a historical fiction, speculative fiction, science fiction, utopian, and dystopian fiction novelist, poet, businesswoman, environmental activist, and environmentalism. Her ongoing career started in 1961. Margaret was given the name Margaret Eleanor Atwood on November 18th, 1939 in Ottawa.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Margaret

Princess Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Countess of Snowdon([[#Titles, styles, and Earl of Snowdon. Princess was born as the child of George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on August 21st, 1930 in Glamis Castle, Scotland, UK. She passed away on February 9th, 2002.

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Saint Margaret was royalty. She was most active from 1070 to 1093. Saint was born as the child of Edward the Exile, Agatha, and wife of Edward the Exile in Kingdom of Hungary. She died on November 16th, 1093.

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Margaret was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1286 to 1290. Margaret was born as the child of Eric II of Norway, Margaret of Scotland, and Queen of Norway on April 9th, 1283 in Tønsberg. She left this life on September 26th, 1290.

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Duchess was given the name Ethel Margaret Whigham on December 1st, 1912 in Newton Mearns. She passed away on July 25th, 1993.

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Princess Louise Margaret was royalty. She holds the title Duchess of Connaught and Strathearn. Princess was born as the child of Prince Friedrich Karl of Prussia (1828–1885) and Princess Maria Anna of Anhalt-Dessau on July 25th, 1860 in Potsdam. She left this life on March 14th, 1917.

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Duchess of Norfolk Margaret was a noble. She died on March 24th, 1399.

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How popular is the baby name Margaret in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,578 1,578 0 #6 girl name
1881 1,667 1,658 9 #5 girl name
1882 1,828 1,821 7 #6 girl name
1883 1,894 1,881 13 #6 girl name
1884 2,152 2,142 10 #6 girl name
1885 2,215 2,204 11 #5 girl name
1886 2,283 2,275 8 #6 girl name
1887 2,432 2,419 13 #5 girl name
1888 2,914 2,904 10 #5 girl name
1889 2,930 2,917 13 #4 girl name
1890 3,115 3,100 15 #4 girl name
1891 3,077 3,065 12 #3 girl name
1892 3,447 3,435 12 #4 girl name
1893 3,579 3,565 14 #4 girl name
1894 3,715 3,700 15 #3 girl name
1895 3,940 3,931 9 #4 girl name
1896 4,059 4,051 8 #4 girl name
1897 4,155 4,146 9 #4 girl name
1898 4,712 4,696 16 #4 girl name
1899 4,262 4,249 13 #4 girl name
1900 5,320 5,304 16 #4 girl name
1901 4,445 4,424 21 #4 girl name
1902 5,033 5,011 22 #4 girl name
1903 5,069 5,046 23 #4 girl name
1904 5,322 5,302 20 #4 girl name
1905 5,703 5,690 13 #3 girl name
1906 6,112 6,096 16 #3 girl name
1907 6,746 6,713 33 #3 girl name
1908 7,000 6,976 24 #3 girl name
1909 7,389 7,359 30 #3 girl name
1910 8,257 8,226 31 #3 girl name
1911 9,307 9,279 28 #3 girl name
1912 12,581 12,535 46 #4 girl name
1913 14,524 14,486 38 #4 girl name
1914 17,809 17,763 46 #4 girl name
1915 23,107 23,054 53 #4 girl name
1916 25,006 24,952 54 #4 girl name
1917 25,618 25,560 58 #4 girl name
1918 27,201 27,140 61 #4 girl name
1919 26,295 26,237 58 #4 girl name
1920 28,047 27,997 50 #4 girl name
1921 28,519 28,466 53 #4 girl name
1922 26,898 26,864 34 #4 girl name
1923 26,185 26,133 52 #4 girl name
1924 26,638 26,550 88 #5 girl name
1925 24,544 24,464 80 #5 girl name
1926 23,159 23,068 91 #5 girl name
1927 22,051 21,964 87 #5 girl name
1928 20,381 20,294 87 #5 girl name
1929 19,283 19,207 76 #5 girl name
1930 18,421 18,351 70 #5 girl name
1931 17,408 17,333 75 #7 girl name
1932 16,636 16,548 88 #7 girl name
1933 15,298 15,239 59 #7 girl name
1934 15,210 15,146 64 #8 girl name
1935 14,796 14,724 72 #8 girl name
1936 14,674 14,593 81 #9 girl name
1937 15,213 15,145 68 #10 girl name
1938 15,395 15,330 65 #9 girl name
1939 15,018 14,952 66 #10 girl name
1940 15,124 15,058 66 #11 girl name
1941 15,746 15,696 50 #12 girl name
1942 16,615 16,551 64 #14 girl name
1943 17,211 17,150 61 #14 girl name
1944 16,358 16,318 40 #14 girl name
1945 15,719 15,682 37 #15 girl name
1946 18,174 18,132 42 #17 girl name
1947 20,151 20,103 48 #16 girl name
1948 18,912 18,872 40 #13 girl name
1949 19,492 19,451 41 #14 girl name
1950 18,143 18,111 32 #15 girl name
1951 17,729 17,693 36 #17 girl name
1952 17,123 17,097 26 #21 girl name
1953 16,235 16,201 34 #20 girl name
1954 15,252 15,225 27 #21 girl name
1955 14,472 14,436 36 #24 girl name
1956 13,942 13,914 28 #25 girl name
1957 13,052 13,009 43 #29 girl name
1958 12,342 12,312 30 #31 girl name
1959 11,597 11,573 24 #36 girl name
1960 11,396 11,367 29 #36 girl name
1961 10,585 10,547 38 #40 girl name
1962 10,116 10,076 40 #43 girl name
1963 9,322 9,303 19 #46 girl name
1964 9,128 9,108 20 #49 girl name
1965 7,817 7,793 24 #52 girl name
1966 6,987 6,961 26 #54 girl name
1967 6,254 6,227 27 #58 girl name
1968 5,454 5,437 17 #63 girl name
1969 5,064 5,044 20 #73 girl name
1970 4,722 4,704 18 #80 girl name
1971 4,013 4,001 12 #86 girl name
1972 3,302 3,286 16 #95 girl name
1973 3,181 3,168 13 #94 girl name
1974 3,098 3,088 10 #95 girl name
1975 2,964 2,951 13 #98 girl name
1976 2,674 2,668 6
1977 2,636 2,624 12
1978 2,643 2,632 11
1979 2,839 2,830 9
1980 2,877 2,860 17
1981 2,804 2,791 13
1982 3,011 2,997 14 #97 girl name
1983 2,960 2,943 17 #92 girl name
1984 3,056 3,041 15 #92 girl name
1985 3,085 3,069 16 #90 girl name
1986 3,092 3,082 10 #89 girl name
1987 3,156 3,145 11 #90 girl name
1988 3,152 3,139 13 #93 girl name
1989 3,319 3,285 34 #97 girl name
1990 3,387 3,370 17
1991 3,204 3,194 10
1992 3,249 3,241 8
1993 3,167 3,167 0
1994 3,111 3,104 7
1995 3,232 3,221 11
1996 3,110 3,104 6
1997 2,966 2,966 0
1998 2,969 2,962 7
1999 2,958 2,958 0
2000 3,121 3,121 0
2001 2,895 2,895 0
2002 2,674 2,674 0
2003 2,628 2,623 5
2004 2,442 2,435 7
2005 2,311 2,311 0
2006 2,188 2,188 0
2007 2,025 2,025 0
2008 1,863 1,863 0
2009 1,763 1,763 0
2010 1,698 1,698 0
2011 1,699 1,699 0
2012 1,783 1,777 6
2013 1,773 1,773 0
2014 1,950 1,950 0
2015 2,104 2,104 0
2016 2,212 2,212 0
2017 2,242 2,242 0

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Popularity of Margaret as a first name

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Popularity of Margaret as a last name

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Common last names for Margaret

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  • Murphy
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  • Thomas
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Margaret U.S.
  White 76.72% 64.26%
  African American 13.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.17% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Margaret

People with the last name Margaret are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Margaret

  • What name lists does Margaret rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Margaret? Margaret is the 29th most popular name of all time. As a last name Margaret was the 96,368th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Margaret have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,250,392 babies born with the first name Margaret in the United States. That's more than enough people named Margaret to occupy the country of Bahrain with an estimated population of 1,234,571 (as of April 27, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Margaret? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,578 new born babies.
  • When was Margaret first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Margaret is Monday, October 2nd, 1826.
  • What year had the most people named Margaret born? The highest recorded use of the first name Margaret was in 1921 with a total of 28,466 babies. That's a lot of babies named Margaret!
  • Random Margaret Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Margaret ranks 80th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 74 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Margaret: Your name in reverse order is Teragram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgtarame. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Margaret? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 189 people with the last name Margaret.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Margaret? Margaret is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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